If there were a do-over for the 2020 NFL draft, how high would offensive record breakers Justin Herbert and Justin Jefferson go? Would Joe Burrow still be No. 1? Would Tua Tagovailoa fall? Who would be the first defensive player taken after Chase Young?
We had our NFL Nation reporters re-draft the first two rounds — all 64 picks — armed with the knowledge of how the season turned out for each rookie. We asked them to explain their reasoning, especially in the instances when they went away from what the teams they cover had done.
We’re starting this re-draft with a clean slate — the order that follows is from when the draft began on April 23, 2020. That means no trades allowed, with teams picking in their original spots throughout all 64 spots.
We’ll start with the Cincinnati Bengals and work our way down to the Seattle Seahawks at No. 64:
1. Cincinnati Bengals
Original pick: Joe Burrow, QB
New pick: Joe Burrow, QB
Before his season-ending knee injury, Burrow was playing up to his status as the 2020 top overall draft pick. Even as a rookie, Burrow was able to play well enough to mask some of the flaws that became apparent during his six-game absence to close the year. It’s early, but Burrow appears destined to be the franchise QB Cincinnati needs. — Ben Baby
2. Washington Football Team
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